While I’ve been happier these past few months than I have in recent memory, I’ve been struggling with a lot of things lately that I try not to make as apparent.
Life is a roller coaster, always up and down, which is why I’ve found peace in minimalist views and lifestyle.
After my separation from my fiance I’ve faced many struggles internally with myself. I think there was a point where it all started to consume me mentally and physically. This morning I was exceptionally happy with how my kitchen was turning out. As I washed my dishes, I remembered something I had read before.
“Wash your bowl after you’ve eaten.” – A Zen phrase meant to be taken figuratively. Clean up after yourself. Take these moments to reflect. Take enjoyment in the little things, so that you will never stop appreciating them and see them as opportunities.
And for the first time in a long time, I caught myself reflecting.
If you’re stressed out, unhappy, or feeling a little “off,” take the time to wash your bowl. Take a bike ride. Fold your laundry. Reflect and realize how wonderful your life is. Be content! Suddenly you’ll realize your problems aren’t that big after all.
I have to say, while it’s not nearly finished, I’m very excited about my kitchen and I hope to share more of my home very soon.
There are a few things I don’t like talking about in public with people I’m not familiar with:
That last one may be a shocker, but it’s true. Here’s what they all have in common: an immediate negative vibe. Bringing up any of these topics and the other person will automatically tense.
Sometimes they’ll go on the defensive as soon as you bring up the topic, hoping by the end of the conversation you’ll have the same opinion they do.
That’s because the topics listed above are very personal and everyone has a different view. You’re not likely to sway one person on these topics. They have to get there themselves, if they want to go there.
But I want to focus on minimalism.
Many people within the minimalist community tend to think their view on minimalism is the best. They’re the one with just the right amount of things, and everyone else is doing it wrong.
There is no correct way to be a minimalist, just like there is no correct side to politics or religion. Everyone has their own way of being, and everyone has a degree that works for them. It’s individual, and personal.
So if you’re afraid of calling yourself a minimalist or feel as though you’re not good enough to try, don’t be. If you just decluttered your living room, you had a minimalist moment. No matter what way you look at it, it’s a good thing.
Don’t be afraid to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. People will probably start asking you about it, and you’ll get to share your opinion. Sometimes people will say, “That wasn’t very minimalist of you,” and you can ignore them. No one is perfect, and I don’t think most of us are trying to go Gandhi on anyone. Just enjoy the journey!
Sometimes simplifying your life gets down to the simple, everyday things. Most adults begin owning things such as a car, bike, place to live, etc. When this happens, chances are your key collection will expand. Bring in factors like cute keychain accessories and club tags, and you might have yourself a messy disaster.
This is my current keychain. To be honest, I wish I just had one key. Unfortunately, my life requires this full set: car, apartment, bike gate, bike lock, apartment gate, Petco club card, and grocery club card. I’ve tried to keep it to the bare minimum, as much as I do like decorative accessories and having club cards handy.
Here’s how you can simplify your keychain:
Take keys off. If you haven’t used a key in one full week, you don’t need it on your daily keyring. Have it handy somewhere else in the home.
Get rid of club card tags. Did you know all club cards can be pulled up with your phone number? You don’t even need a physical card! Keep only what you use on a weekly basis, or if the place you shop has self check-out and requires a scan.
Only one accessory! It’s okay to accessorize your keychain, but I find one should be enough. If you have more decorative keychains than functioning keys, it’s almost defeating the purpose.